Burnley & Pendle

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Hill and its surrounding towns and villages are a truly bewitching area of Lancashire. Indeed it is most famous for its links to the now notorious witch trials of 1612.

Pendle Hill is in the east of Lancashire, England, near the towns of Burnley and Padiham. Its summit is 557 metres above mean sea level. It gives its name to the Borough of Pendle. It is an isolated hill in the Pennines, separated from the South Pennines, the Bowland Fellsand the West Pennine Moors. In fact, it is included in detached part of the Forest of Bowland  – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

History and legend has woven a spell over Pendle. The landmark rises above this ancient hunting ground. In addition, it was once the home of wolves and wild boar and to this day dotted with tiny hamlets and farms. It is still an untamed place. Furthermore, it is full of mystery and infamous as the home of the Pendle Witches who were tried and executed for witchcraft in 1612.

The landscape, carved out by man and by nature, welcomes walkers and countryside enthusiasts. Long distance walks, such as the 43-mile Pendle Way and parts of the Bronte Way, combine history with stunning scenery. Finally, plenty of country inns and farmhouses provide most congenial rests and refreshments along the way.